Feb 27

Online Voter Registration Deadline

Posted on February 27, 2024 at 8:24 PM by Rob Watson

You can still register to vote online through Sunday, March 3 at 11:59 pm. At midnight on Monday, March 4, online registrations can no longer be accepted.

Register online with the Illinois State Board of Elections until the deadline.

Starting Monday, March 4, through Election Day, the only way to register is in person at the Government Center or an early voting site. If you register in person, be sure to bring the appropriate IDs with you. Illinois law requires that you vote when you register.

Feb 24

Complete Your Vote by Mail Ballot Envelope

Posted on February 24, 2024 at 8:50 AM by Rob Watson


The ballot envelope has a number of fields. If you are mailing your ballot or delivering it yourself, and no one helped you complete the ballot, you only have to complete the signature and date fields, circled in red below.

Additional information is available on our website on the Vote by Mail page.



ballot envelope 2021 - voter label signed and dated

Feb 20

Grace Period Registrations Starts 2/21

Posted on February 20, 2024 at 9:40 PM by Rob Watson

McLean County has two election authorities. McLean County handles all elections for the county except the City of Bloomington. Voting in the City of Bloomington is conducted by the Bloomington Election Commission.

Same Day Registration begins Wednesday, February 21, 2024!

If you haven't registered to vote, it's not too late! Beginning 2/21 you can go to any early voting location, and with two acceptable forms of ID, register to vote, but you must vote at the same time.

Tuesday, February 20, is the last day voters can register with the McLean County Clerk's Office before the beginning of Grace Period registration. After February 20, a McLean County voter can no longer mail or complete an online voter registration with the McLean County Clerk's Office. The following options remain available to register:

  1. Register to vote online with the Illinois State Board of Elections via their website through Sunday, March 3.

  2. Visit an Early Voting location to register in person. Ensure that you have two acceptable forms of identification when registering in person. Illinois law states: Anyone registering to vote during the grace period who wants to vote in the 2024 General Primary Election must vote in person at the same time they register. 

Feb 08

Early Voting Starts Feb. 8

Posted on February 8, 2024 at 8:43 PM by Rob Watson

Since 1914, McLean County has had two election authorities. The McLean County Clerk's Office handles all elections for the county EXCEPT the City of Bloomington. This information does not apply to City of Bloomington (COB) residents. COB residents should contact the Bloomington Election Commission for their voting information. 

Early voting for the March 19, 2024 General Primary Election begins Thursday, February 8. Early Voting information, including hours and locations, can be found here on the Early Voting web page.

 

Feb 06

Public Notice: Election Equipment Test

Posted on February 6, 2024 at 9:47 PM by Rob Watson

In accordance with 10 ILCS 5/24B-9, 24C-9 a public test of the Automatic Tabulating Equipment to be used by the McLean County Clerk’s Office for the 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, Presidential Primary Election will be held on:

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7, 2024

1:30 pm

 

McLean County Clerk’s Office

115 E. Washington Street, Room 102

Bloomington, Illinois

 

 

The test is open to the public.

 

 

Kathy Michael

McLean County Clerk


View the official announcement

Jan 19

No Write-In Candidates

Posted on January 19, 2024 at 10:22 PM by Rob Watson

McLean County did not receive any submissions for write-in candidates for the March 19, 2024 Primary Election as of the Jan. 18 deadline.

Under state law, a write-in candidate would need to have filed a notarized “Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate” no later than 61 days before the election.

(10 ILCS 5/7-59b)

Dec 11

No Objections Filed

Posted on December 11, 2023 at 9:09 PM by Rob Watson

The deadline to file objections to candidate filings was Monday, December 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm ((10 ILCS 5/7-12.1, 7-13, 10-8)).

No objections were filed with the McLean County Clerk's Office by the deadline.

As a result, all candidates listed on the Candidates page will be on the March 19, 2024 ballot.

Dec 07

Results of 2024 Primary Election Lottery Drawing

Posted on December 7, 2023 at 10:53 AM by Rob Watson

Two McLean County candidate filings qualified for a lottery for the 2024 Primary Election. State law requires that when more than one candidate from the same political party files for the same office (within certain time constraints), that a lottery will determine their position on the ballot.

The two races that required a lottery for the 2024 Primary Election are for McLean County Board 2 and McLean County Board 3.

For McLean County Board 2 the order draw is:

  1. Mike O'Neil
  2. Dennis Grundler

For McLean County Board 3 the order is:

  1. Brian Loeffler
  2. George Wendt

View the official results for McLean County Board 2 or for McLean County Board 3.

Nov 29

Notice of Candidate Ballot Position Lottery

Posted on November 29, 2023 at 5:16 PM by Rob Watson

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

 

CONTACTS:

Kathy Michael, County Clerk - 309.888.5183

Bradley Beyer, Co-Director of Elections - 309.888.5899

Mark Senger, Co-Director of Elections - 309.888.5191

                                                                                          

NOTICE OF CANDIDATE BALLOT POSITION LOTTERY

 

Pursuant to Illinois Election law [10 ILCS 5/7-12(6)] Kathy Michael, McLean County Clerk, will conduct a Lottery, at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, to determine the order of appearance of candidate names on the 2024 General Primary Election ballot. 

 

A Lottery will be held only if more than one candidate for the same party and elected office filed petitions simultaneously at 8:00 am on Monday, November 27, 2023, or between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Monday, December 4, 2023, on the last day of filing.  

 

This Lottery proceeding is open to candidates, media, and all members of the public. 

 

The Lottery will be conducted at the McLean County Clerk’s office, located at:

 

Government Center

115 East Washington Street, Room 102

Bloomington, Illinois 61701


Download the PDF of this announcement

Oct 30

Students - Where Can I Vote?

Posted on October 30, 2023 at 8:23 PM by Rob Watson

Voting as a university student can be complicated, so we want to help explain and simplify your options in a series of Election News articles focused on student voting.

Students are in a unique situation in that they may be temporarily living in a location other than home. That provides them options for voting that others do not encounter. Two main questions you need to answer are:

  1. Do I want to vote in my home election authority or with McLean County?
  2. Do I want to vote in person or vote by mail? 

Note: McLean County has two election authorities. The McLean County Clerk’s Office handles all elections for the county except the City of Bloomington. Voting in the City of Bloomington is conducted by the Bloomington Election Commission (BEC). IWU students living on campus should contact the BEC.

Where am I registered to vote?

If you are a student, you may be registered to vote in your home county. If you lived in McLean County during a previous election, you may be registered in McLean County. If you haven't voted before, you may not be registered at all.

If you originate from Illinois, visit the Illinois Online Voter Application Registration Lookup to see if you're registered. If you're from another state, visit your state's election authority to check your voter registration.

Can I register to vote if I'm 17?

Yes! Even if you aren’t 18 yet, but you will be before the Nov. 5, 2024 General Election, you can register to vote now! 

In which county can I vote?

If you are registered in your home county and wish to vote through that election authority, you can either travel home to vote, or you can request to vote by mail.

If you are living in McLean County and will be residing here for the March 19, 2024 Primary Election you can register to vote in McLean County.

What if I’m registered in my home county, but want to register in McLean County?

If you're registered in your home county but want to register in McLean County you do that. Just be sure to contact your home election authority to cancel your voter registration.

I was registered in McLean County before but moved. Do I need to update my registration?

Yes! Any time you move you need to update your voter registration. Simply submit a new voter registration with your updated address. Even moving up or down one floor or to the other side of a residence hall may impact your precinct, so you'll need to update your voter registration.

How can I vote?

Our next article will focus on ways you can vote. If you’d like to look ahead, visit the McLean County Clerk's Election web page for information on early voting, voting on Election Day, and voting by mail.